Philippines Cornered Top 4 Spots in the 2016 List of the ‘World’s Friendliest Islands’
In a recent survey conducted by the international travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, the Philippines cornered the four highest spots in its list of “The World’s Friendliest Islands”.
Readers of the renowned New York-based magazine voted Palawan as the number one friendliest island all over the world. Cebu got the second spot, followed by Luzon on the third rank and Boracay on the fourth place.
Despite the growing number of crimes, violence and terrorism here in the country, the people of the country remains friendly particularly to visitors who wish to explore their panoramic home, as noted by Jess McHugh on the T+L’s official webpage.
As seen by Hugh, it is pretty helpful for many travelers that English is one of the official languages spoken in the Philippines, and that locals are so welcoming of tourists.
The list which was posted on the T+L’s official website revealed that remote islands across the globe had surprisingly dominated the top 15 friendliest destinations.
Annually, Travel + Leisure is conducting its survey among its readers which usually begins from November 2, 2015 to February 29, 2016 through its official website.
According to McHugh, their readers were asked to rate their travel experiences around the world, evaluating everything from cruise ships, airlines to resorts, cities and hotels.
When it comes to islands, readers evaluate the best based on its characteristics such as the romantic charm of the place and the hospitality or friendliness of the people.
One of the tourists who were able to visit Palawan gushed, claiming that its people are very welcoming, respectful and friendly.
"The island's green-and-turquoise lagoons have long put it on the bucket lists of travelers around the world, and this year it is also the world's most convivial island destination”
“Cebu is a former Spanish colony, and people still travel to see the remaining architecture, Of course, the helpful locals are one of the island's greatest qualities."
Meanwhile, T+L also wrote that Luzon, which came in third spot, the home to the country’s capital, is very diverse, making the huge island a dynamic destination for travelers searching for a rich cultural experience.
Moreover, Boracay, which is known for its pristine white sand and clear blue waters, landed in the fourth place. The magazine wrote that Boracay’s beauty is undeniable and its people are likewise welcoming.
McHugh is urging travelers who are searching for some kind of a hospitable retreat to consider T+L’s list as an absolute guide to the friendliest destinations on earth.
Here’s T+L’s complete list of 2016 World Friendliest Islands as voted by readers:
5. Waiheke, New Zealand
6. Ischia, Italy
7. Tasmania, Australia
8. Fiji Islands
9. Bali, Indonesia
10. Great Barrier Reef Islands
12. Paros, Greece
13. Bora Bora
14. Exhumas, Bahamas
15. Caye Caulker, Belize